There’s been a lot of noise this week, hasn’t there? People are marching, protesting, and voicing their opinions. Yesterday, we marched. We marched in support of the fight for the unborn.
I don’t have all the answers, and my opinion isn’t what matters, but I believe the answer to this debate can be found by God’s people seeking to honor His heart for the unborn and working toward instituting laws that reflect His disposition for the helpless. Killing babies for personal gain isn’t new and progressive, it’s been in vogue for thousands of years and God’s heart is the same today as it was then.
[box]They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons; they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was polluted with blood.
Thus they became unclean by their acts, and played the whore in their deeds. Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people, and he abhorred his heritage . . . (Psalm 106:37–40)[/box]
Yesterday marked a sobering milestone. For forty-four years our nation has provided legal protection for babies to be aborted.
Talk About it Winsomely
Yelling in the faces of those who oppose us on this issue will not convince them. It’s important to have gracious conversations and to talk thoughtfully about this heated topic. I’ve had conversations with young women who’ve never thought about this issue, or others who oppose it personally, but think we shouldn’t base our political choices on this one issue. Some counter that the answer isn’t to change the law of the land, but the answer is to educate people and provide access to free birth control measures in order to eliminate unplanned pregnancies.
The problem with that approach is that, although it may prevent some unplanned pregnancies, that approach also provides the means for our nation to continue in a downward spiral of moral corruption.
The need is a heart issue and education and free condoms doesn’t address that heart issue.
A few years ago, LeRoy and I had lunch with two precious young women in their twenties and they shared their thoughts on this issue. Both have a passion for Christ, both have traveled to other countries for short-term mission service, both have grown up in conservative, Evangelical churches, but both told me that while growing up in church, they’d never heard a single message on abortion.
I was stunned and saddened.
How can we be silent on this issue?
How can we (as believers) ignore this clarion call:
[box]Deliver those who are being taken away to death, and those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back. If you say, ‘See, we did not know this,’ Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts? (Proverbs 24:11–12)[/box]
Over lunch, the young women voiced their appreciation to my husband for bringing a message that addressed this issue. One said she thought abortion was something that was settled and hadn’t really thought of needing to speak out against it publicly. They both said most of their friends wouldn’t agree with abortion, but would also say that we shouldn’t tell others what they should or shouldn’t do.
I agree with that, I’m not telling others what they should or shouldn’t do . . . but God has already told us, and I think I have a responsibility to warn others about what He says about this issue.
I have a responsibility to do what I can to promote a culture of life.
That year, those young women joined us, and a group from our church, as we took to the streets to participate in the annual Right to Life March. One was a new mom, the other was finishing her Physical Therapy degree, both well educated and culturally aware (and personally opposed to abortion), but until we told them about it, neither had ever heard of the pro-life march. They were raised in conservative, doctrinally solid, good churches . . . but as far as they knew, the abortion issue had never been mentioned from those pulpits.
I am concerned that the Church at large may have given up hope and slipped into a silent retreat when it comes to taking a stand for the unborn. Maybe you have as well?
I am burdened for this next generation to recognize that this is a worthy cause to battle for. There are millions of unborn children that our nation has put to death. It is incredible to me to realize I live in a nation that now views this as normal. Those who are under forty may think this is just the way it is, has always been and always will be, just a “normal” part of life.
Abortion is far from normal. It is barbaric.
The Church must not silently retreat on this issue. God’s agenda is life.
[box]The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10).[/box]
My prayer is for God to awaken this next generation to the horror of this barbaric slaughter. I pray that He will give them courage to shout from the mountaintops, or quietly share with a friend over a cup of coffee, the truth that killing babies is NOT normal and God will hold our nation accountable for this hideous evil.
Daniel Darling is the vice president of communications for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and he’s written a helpful blog post on this issue with 5 suggestions for doing something in the fight for human dignity. I encourage you to check out his post by clicking here.
Join me in this battle?